More about Frontline
What is Frontline?
Frontline is a charity based in Northern Ireland that works to change the lives of Indian young people, primarily through the provision of education and healthcare.
What do we do?
We work with an Indian Partner, United Christian Church of India (UCCI), to provide free school places for children. Coming from the poorest rural families, the alternative for these children is often child labour.
We provide finances to fully support the educational process:
- The buildings – construction and maintenance
- Salaries for teaching and support staff
- Hostel accommodation where daily travel is not practicable
- Healthly, quality food
- Medical care and advice
- Support in further education and practical skills training
- School uniforms, books, materials, etc
- A caring and secure environment
This work is carried on in six centres located around Vijayawada a small city located near the coast in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
What have we achieved?
For nearly thirty years we have worked with a number of small international partners to change the lives of thousands of young people. Partnership is at the heart of what we do and together we support 1200 children in from 5 to 18 years (and some beyond that).
India is changing and there are greater opportunities for work but education is the key. A young person completing the equivalent of “A” levels and training for two years as a nurse can find work locally and earn a salary four to five times that paid to agricultural labourers.
However, Frontline is about far more than education and jobs. The benefit of growing up in a secure and caring environment has a tremendous effect, physically and psychologically, on both young people and their parents.
Where do the Children come from?
Most of the children are not orphans - there are some but the majority come from the very poorest families in rural communities.
Even today, girls are married in their late teens, have multiple pregnancies and are left to cope alone when their husband abandons them or dies as result of accident or illness. We are also working in an area where HIV infections are the highest in India and that compounds the problems.
Single parents with several children try to live with their extended family but it is often incredibly difficult as these families are not much better off themselves.
Children are recommended to the school through a network of local community workers, church pastors or simply by personal application, and are subject to an admissions procedure – there is always a waiting list.